APP NAME: Modern Combat 3
GENRE(S): First Person Shooter
RELEASE DATE(S): October 27th, 2011
As more power comes to iOS devices, more powerful games come along to take advantage of that power. Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation is the third title in the realistic first person shooter franchise from Gameloft. You play in a world where the U.S. is under attack, and you battle your way through 13 missions from Los Angeles to Pakistan. The game is definitely based upon the console game Modern Warfare, but bringing that style to iOS is noteworthy, but the question is how it stacks up.
Modern Combat 3 throws you right into SNAFU, and never lets up as you blast your way through a plethora of enemies around every turn. We can put it quite simply by saying this is the most console like game so far in the App Store with the amount of depth to the environments and amount of action on screen. There is plenty of variation within each mission as you find various cover, use different weaponry, and take on opponents ranging from groups of enemies to turrets and helicopters. There are even some missions with helicopter night shooting like in Zombie Gunship. The game provides every scenario you could think of from a console FPS, providing such a deluxe FPS experience regardless of the platform.
The game takes full advantage of the A5 chip in the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, and the graphics are simply remarkable for mobile devices. The game also supports AirPlay Mirroring for those devices, and still looks great on fourth generation hardware. The 13 missions are extremely intricate with multiple objectives per mission, with each one taking from a half hour to an hour. The campaign grabs ahold of you, and never lets go making you want to finish and enjoy the multiple hour battle. On top of the single player campaign, is the online multiplayer with seven different modes, six maps, and up to 12 players at once. The only problem with the online multiplayer is not matching equal leveled players, and some players can use in-app purchases to buy advantages.
Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation ($6.99, Universal) is a vast improvement over the high quality Modern Combat 2. Modern Combat 3 pushes the bounds of what iOS gaming is capable of, and sets the standard. This is the closest thing to console quality yet in terms of graphics, and depth of gameplay. There is so much variation in what you face, and the environments are so deluxe making for the most advanced game in the App Store.
Modern Combat 3 is a must buy that may not be for everyone, but is simply the closest thing to a full on console experience yet made for iPhone and iPad. This is truly the first of the next generation of iOS gaming, and has raised the bar at which future games will be judged by.
The best aspect is that while it looks absolutely amazing, the highlight is the FPS gameplay that is definitely reminiscent of what you can find on the PS3 and XBox 360. The addition of AirPlay Mirroring with full 720P makes it even more of a rival, and it’s simply jaw dropping that this is possible on an iPhone and iPad. Anyone who doubts that advanced gaming isn’t possible on iOS, simply needs to fire this game up. Gameloft has done an amazing job, and while it might not be the most imaginative, it can also give anything on the PSP or 3DS a run for its money.